Dec. 04, 2022 – LIFE MAKES ME CONSCIOUS OF MY RESPONSIBILITY

DECEMBER 4   

LIFE MAKES ME CONSCIOUS OF MY RESPONSIBILITY

O ye who believe!  You have charge over your own souls.

The Koran

The Creative Process which gave me life expects me to use it rightly.  My life is not of my own making, it has a destiny and a purpose.  I turn confidently to the Source of my being and let It reveal why I am here and what It has planned for me to do. The Life which gave me birth must know how to produce in me and through me what it has in Mind. I am not an accident of birth.  My appearance in these times is part of a Divine Plan and a Divine Design.  In my present world, right where I am, I have a mission and a purpose.  I now let the Mind which created me out of Itself reveal to me my purpose and what I should do today.  In the minutest details of today I shall fulfill the reason for my being.

I accept my responsibility to think rightly about myself, my fellowman and the world in which I live.  Within me great ideas are being born, and I let them manifest in my mind, body and affairs.  I do not pollute them with fear or doubt.  I see them as Divine in origin and possible in expression.  Coming from God they move through me into form.  I behold my fellowman as free, and I no longer impose my viewpoints upon him.  I know that God in him will lead him into right ways of success and happiness.  I have no condemnation for the world in which I live.  God made it, and knows how to operate it.  I live in the world with ease rejoicing in the good it has for me.

There is so much that is heavenly and perfect in my life.  I see this, believe this and increase this.  As I accept the responsibility to act and react as a spiritual being, I find all life co-operating with me.  No more strain to succeed, no more trying to make things happen.  My only duty is to let the Action of God take place through me, and this I do.  My right place is always where I am, and my right work is to do the will of Him who sent me.  Freely I give my whole mind over to the Divine Wisdom and the Divine Power.   

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker

Dec. 03, 2022 – THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY OUT OF TROUBLE

DECEMBER 3   

THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY OUT OF TROUBLE

As the Lord is called righteous and loving, so you be righteous and loving.

Sifre Deuteronomy 85a

Jesus proved that God in man is unlimited.  I accept this and now proceed to demonstrate it.  My troubles are no longer stumbling blocks.  I accept them as challenges to prove that right thinking is the creative power of life.  As I dismiss them, the solutions appear.  Temporarily they have blinded me, but now I see through the eyes of Spirit, and the way out is clear.  As I discipline my thoughts to God’s Ideas, I am divinely led to right solutions.  No matter how great my problems may be, I dismiss them as unreal.  God wants me to be happy, and that is why I want to be happy.  I can be joyous, for Mind in me knows that my good is at hand.  No delays, no obstacles – my good is where I am and I declare it.

The way is mental, not material.  I struggle with matter, but I demonstrate with Mind.  Letting go of my struggles to change conditions, I have faith that the Spirit within me generates what I need and what I want.  Too long have I tarried in the halls of matter; I now enter the upper room of Mind Action and take my place in the world as God’s representative.  Clothed with all power and all creative possibility, I see myself as victorious.  The universe is my kingdom and I rule with authority.  Never again will a trouble torment me.  I have been resurrected out of fear into all power.  I speak this word with assurance, for I know that the Law of mind does what I direct It to do.  I have a way out, and a way upward.

The way is joyous and loving.  The solution of my problems makes me a better person.  It is easier to love my fellowman.  It is easier to be a happy person.  God acting through me transforms me, and my whole viewpoint changes.  I now see that the word “impossible” is a lie.  God’s possibility is always within me awaiting my recognition.  I am now victorious over troubles.  Life spiritualized is life simplified.  In quietness my purpose becomes clear, my Divinity takes control and troubles fade as mists before the morning sun.  The way of Truth is mine today.  There is nothing to oppose me, and all of God is working for my victory. 

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker

Dec. 02, 2022 – ALL POWER IS MINE TO USE AND TO ENJOY

DECEMBER 2   

ALL POWER IS MINE TO USE AND TO ENJOY

Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty.

I Chronicles 29:11

God known is power revealed.  The unlimited power of the Creative mind is mine to use for the increase of blessings in my world.  Such use will harm no one, and will make me a finer person, a greater instrument of the Almighty.  By my right use of the One Power I shall become what I ought to be.  I know that only through my Spirit can this power be used in right ways.  I am weary of the destruction and turmoil in my life.  I now affirm that I use the power of God for right and intelligent purposes.  I say farewell to all mistakes.  I am power, for He who made me dwells in me as power.  Using this power with wisdom and with divine direction, I cause good to appear on every hand.

The Divine Power rightly employed by me gives me joy in living.  I know that my burdens are merely indications of my refusal to let God act through me.  All weariness with everyday struggles is now dissolved, for I release the One Power with Definite intent.  I know what I am doing, and I know how to do it.  No pressures, no demands, just the right releasement of His Spirit within me in creative ways.  This is easy to do, and I love to do it.  As I see ideas unfold through the Law into new and better conditions, I stand still and praise the power of Truth.  Seeing my demonstration completed makes glad my heart.  Infinite Mind knows me as a clear channel for its operation, and power unlimited gives itself to me.  Life is wonderful.

Being the only power, there are no obstructions to its purposes.  Even I cannot block the Power of God.  It uses me as Its vehicle of distribution, and I accept the responsibility of this Birthright.  My thought determines the use I make of God’s Power.  My consciousness determines my experience.  I now decide to use power rightly.  I now create a new heaven and a new earth for myself.  I give strength and power to all.  I act as power in my world.  I change whatever needs to be changed.  God in me as power demands my right use of it, and this I do willingly.  I accept my responsibilities and I live with joyous ease because I use power rightly.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker

Dec.01, 2022 – BEFORE ME IS A CLEAR ROAD, AND I PROCEED

DECEMBER 1   

BEFORE ME IS A CLEAR ROAD, AND I PROCEED

When one follows unswervingly the path of virtue it is not to win advancement.

Mencius VII.B.33

The forward look is the Godward look. My heaven will never be unless I make it out of the materials of my own thinking.  Today I set my sights on Him who fashioned me in His image and after His likeness.  I stand at the door of the abundant life and I knock.  All that I seek opens to me and beckons me to Life’s fullness.  I enter into my Divine Heritage and walk with the Great and the True.  My pathway is filled with ease, for I am thinking to take me to my goal.  All of Mind urges me on, and all Power is my strength to move.  Idea after idea comes to my consciousness in right sequence at exactly the right moment. I am inspired to right action in every detail.  I walk forward in ease.

There are no obstructions in my pathway of mind.  The mistakes of yesterday are behind, and the future beckons with promise.  God is where I am, and God will always be with me.  His hand will never loose mine, nor will His love let me go.  His listening Mind tells me to not fear the forward pace.  Only good operates in me, so only greater good can be before me.  The way is clear, and I never let my doubts create detours.  I handle each doubt as it appears and declare it to be nothing.  The way is straight, the signposts are clearly marked.  Only my fears can deter me, and these I refuse to entertain.  Thinking straight, I walk in peace to my selected good.  I am pushed from behind by the Spirit, even as I am led forward by true guidance.  I walk in faith.

My decision to accept my greater freedom is a mighty power within me.  It leads me, directs me and comforts me when doubts assail.  I am undaunted by the problems I seem to face.  I have courage, for I know my Divine Self will never fail me.  Ahead of me is the royal road to good living based on Spirit and motivated by Love.  This is the day of progress; this is the day of demonstration.  I walk in the dream of accomplishment, and my dream becomes a fact.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 30, 2022 – THERE IS AN INSPIRATION WITHIN ME THAT GUIDES ME ARIGHT

NOVEMBER 30        

THERE IS AN INSPIRATION WITHIN ME THAT GUIDES ME ARIGHT

Purity and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven.

The Texts of Taoism

The disciple John tells us that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  Wonderful indeed is this conception of the union of all life, which Jesus proclaimed in the ecstasy of his illumination, “I and the Father are one.”  All cause and all effect proceed from the invisible Spirit.  Man is one with this Spirit and cannot be separated from It.  His word has power because his word is the action of God through his thought.

I now clarify my vision, purify my thought, so that it becomes a mirror reflecting inspiration direct from the secret place of the Most High, at the center of my own being.  I do this by quiet contemplation, not through strenuous effort but by learning to fast upon the affirmations of spiritual realization.  I know that I need never to break before the onslaught of any confusion that exists around me. Today I walk in the light of God’s Love.  All the creativity, all the power and all the joy that there is in the universe finds outlet through me.  There is a song in my heart, the song of the open road that leads to complete fulfillment.  And as I travel along this road with others, I find that my hand is in theirs.  I have confidence in Life, confidence in myself, because I first have confidence in God, the living Spirit.

Today I am guided and my guidance is multiplied.  I know exactly what to do and exactly how to do it.  There is an inspiration within me which governs every act, every thought, in certainty, with conviction and in peace.  I know that the key that unlocks the treasure house, the key to the Kingdom of God, is in my spiritual hand.  This is the key to the Kingdom of God’s creation, and is directly experienced by me today.       

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 29. 2022 – I HAVE DOMINION

NOVEMBER 29  

I HAVE DOMINION

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Proverbs 4:26   

I know that there is a God-Power at the center of every man’s being, a Power that knows neither lack, limitation nor fear, sickness, disquiet nor imperfection. But out of my personal experience come the negative suggestions which arise from the race consciousness.  If I permit them to, they act as a mesmeric or hypnotic power over my imagination.  They bring up arguments from every man’s experience, declaring that impoverishment and pain must necessarily accompany every man in his experience through life.

But I know that there is a Presence, a Power and a Law within me, irresistibly drawing everything into my experience which makes life worthwhile. I know that friendship, love and riches, health, harmony and happiness are mine.  I know that nothing but good can go out from me, therefore the good that I receive is but the completion of a circle – the fulfillment of my desire for all.  So, I refuse to judge according to appearances, either mental or physical, no matter what the thought says, or what the appearance seems to be.

Today I acknowledge the presence and the power of the living Spirit and I invite it to lead me into pathways of peace, of health and happiness and wholeness.  I permit the Divine Spirit to lead me into the Garden of Eden for I know that in this Garden there grows the fruit of peace and joy and happiness.  And I know that the River that waters this Garden flows from the heart of eternal love.  As I bathe in this River of Life, I permit everything to be washed away that does not belong to the Kingdom of Good. 

There is always a higher Power.  Upon this Power I rely with absolute confidence that it will never fail me.  I have dominion over all apparent evil, which is merely a belief I no longer indulge in.  I repudiate all its claims, cast out every fear accompanying the belief in it, and continuously exercise the dominion which rightfully belongs to me. 

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 28, 2022 – HIS LAW IS WRITTEN IN MY HEART AND I DELIGHT TO DO HIS WILL  

NOVEMBER 28   

HIS LAW IS WRITTEN IN MY HEART AND I DELIGHT TO DO HIS WILL   

That in which he findeth the supreme delight which the Reason can grasp beyond the sense, wherein established he moveth not from the reality; Which having been obtained, he thinketh there is no greater gain beyond it; wherein established, he is not shaken even by heavy sorrow.

The Bhagavad-Gita            

I know that the Perfect Life of the Spirit is my life, and I now permit It to radiate through my world of thought and action – to express in my physical form.  As I relax my body, consciously and definitely – which I am able to do by mentally relaxing and dropping all strain – I feel flowing through me a vital energy, a dynamic force, a great surge of living power.  I feel immersed in and saturated by a vital Essence of Perfection, which brings me into tune with life.

Today I let God’s Life live itself through me.  I permit it to flow through me to others that heaven shall be joined with earth, that the Divine shall blend with the human, that love shall conquer fear, and a little child shall lead them.

Because my whole being is this perfect God-Life, I have nothing to fear. Every person that I meet recognizes the love and peace and wisdom and courage within me.  Each person I meet feels our common bond, knows that we are a part of the perfect Whole, harmonious centers in the great Unity of Life, and so has faith in me.  No one could wish to harm or hurt me in any way.  I, too, can know only love and understanding for my fellow beings.  I know, because I am God-like, God in expression, that every circumstance I find myself in, is right for me.  Through my consciousness of Love, which is the very Essence of God-Life, I transform any seeming imperfection into the perfect idea of my True Self.  God knows me only as a Perfect Idea, and that Perfection I now manifest.  His Law is written in my heart and I delight to do His will.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 27, 2022 – I WILL FEAR NO EVIL

NOVEMBER 27   

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL

Are not the friends of God, those on whom no fear shall come, nor shall they be put to grief?

The Koran

Today my heart is without fear, for I have implicit confidence in the good, the enduring and the true. Fear is the only thing of which to be afraid.  It is not the host encamped against us, nor the confusion around us, that we need to fear; it is the lack of confidence in the good alone which should concern us. Through inner spiritual vision, we know that evil is transitory, but good is permanent.  We know that right finally dissolves everything opposed to it.  The power of Spirit is supreme over every antagonist.  Therefore, we should cherish no fear, and when we neither fear nor hate, we come to understand the unity of life.

I put my whole trust in God.  I know that the Spirit will gently lead me and wisely counsel me. I know that the love which envelops everything flows through me to everyone, and with it there goes a confidence, a sense of joy and freedom, a buoyant enthusiasm for living, a zest for life. “For all thy ways are ways of pleasantness, and all thy paths are peace.”

I realize that fear is not Godlike, since it contradicts the Divine Presence, repudiates limitless Love and denies infinite Good.  Therefore, I know that fear is a lie, a fraud.  It is neither person, place nor thing; it is merely an impostor that I have believed in.  I have entertained it so long that it seems as if it really were something, and it attempts to make me believe that two and two are seven, that the earth is flat and that God is limited.  Today I repudiate all fear.  I renounce the belief in evil.  I enter into conscious union with the Spirit.  I accept the good as supreme, positive and absolute.  With joy I enter into the activities of the day, without regret I remember the events of yesterday, and with confidence I look forward to tomorrow, for today my heart is without fear.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 26, 2022 – LIFE SINGS THROUGH ME IN RADIANT ECSTASY

NOVEMBER 26   

LIFE SINGS THROUGH ME IN RADIANT ECSTASY

The footsteps of those who dwell with the god of light are set free.

Book of the Dead

Now and always I recognize that I live, move and have my being in God.  I am part of Universal Mind.  I am one with Universal Substance.  All the qualities and all the wealth of good and desirable things that exist in Universal mind are mine now.  I perceive, accept and experience them.  I know that that Presence which manifests in my heart and mind is God expressing Himself within me.  As I feel this Presence more and more I hear the Song of Joy deep within.  Always when I am still I hear the Song of Life pouring through my consciousness.  I have only to listen for it is always there.

The Father and I are one.  This I know to be the truth of my being.  I open my mind and my heart to the inflow of the Divine Spirit and know that the presence of God flows through my being with perfect action and in perfect unity with good.

With this knowledge, this assurance that the loving Presence is always here – “closer to me than breathing, nearer than hands and feet” – I have nothing to fear.  I feel this loving protection around me, and I know that it is not only a Song of Joy, but a Song of Love and Protection.  I tune out all dull, negative ideas, and tune in with the sunshine of life, with brightness and laughter, with the joyous Presence that is Life itself.  I now lay aside all anxiety, all striving, and let the Law bring my good to me.  I joyfully anticipate greater abundance, more success and more joy.  Joy wells up within my heart and Life sings through me in radiant ecstasy.  

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 25, 2022 – THE LIFE OF THE FATHER IS MY LIFE

NOVEMBER 25   

THE LIFE OF THE FATHER IS MY LIFE

When Heaven and Man exert their powers in concert, all transformations have their commencements determined.

The Texts of Taoism 

God could not withhold Himself from me.  That which is He has given fully unto me to enjoy. The life of God is perfect, it is eternal, it is the essence of all things.  That life is God’s gift to me.  Therefore, this fullness is within me, ready to manifest through me as I partake of it.  Since I am self-choosing, even though Divinely endowed, I partake of my Divinity only as I let it through; I am always in the midst of plenty everywhere.  I know that I live in a changeless Reality. I am not disturbed by the passage of time, the movement around me, or the variations of experience through which I go.  Something within me remains immovable and says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

There is no here and there to the Spirit, for both are included within Itself, even as yesterday, today and tomorrow are but passing events in Its unitary wholeness, even as big and little are but outlines.  The manifest universe is an expression of that which transcends time, overshadows eternity, encompasses all form, and remains stable within that which forever flows.

I now consciously draw upon the life which is mine.  I now reeducate myself definitely, by whatever steps I may, to a belief that there is given unto me a fullness of life which is Divine in its origin, eternal in its presence, and always fully available. The life of the Father is my life.  The infinite richness of the Father is mine.  All things which proceed from Him may be mine.  I now claim them.  The act of taking is my right and privilege.  I exercise it now intelligently and in full faith.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker